Women and girls in rural India spend a third of their time finding water, sacrificing their future opportunities of an education, or a chance of a better life.
Pinki, a 15-year-old girl from Bhojpur has been forced to leave school to collect water for her entire family who are too ill or working to pay their debts to do it themselves. Pinki must walk around 12 km a day to fetch water under the hot sun with no forms of shade to protect herself. This groundwater has dangerously high levels of fluoride and salinity, causing fluorosis, which can result in permanent damage to bones and teeth.
“Time and time again, I get sick with fever, pain in my jaws, unable to clench my fists, swelling in my legs and hands.” – Pinki
(Pictured: Pinki and her family.)
This could all be changed with the help of a family roof rain water harvesting system (RRWHS) which would mean women and girls like Pinki would no longer have to leave the safety of their homes to fetch water. These RRWHS are designed on the basis of a successful previous project, using roof run-off calculations to maximise water yield.
While women carry this heavy burden as water providers, they are still excluded from decisions about water use, its distribution and management. In our project villages, women are encouraged to play a key role in decision making, in particular surrounding water issues within their village, thus reducing inequality within the Water Council and raising awareness of good sustainability practice.
With your help, the Monsoon Promise appeal will directly benefit 120 families who will be able to access safer and sustainable water along with improved sanitation practice throughout the year. Help us to unlock the potential of a brighter and happier community.
A roof rain water harvesting system is a promise of a better future:-
If women and their families are able to effectively capture the monsoon rains they can:
- Gain personal safety with water at home.
- Gain better drinking water that improves health.
- Gain freedom to go to school and spend time with the family.
- Gain income and reduce crippling poverty.
- Gain independence and equality in the community through Water Councils and Self-Help Groups.
WaterHarvest has promised to provide 720 people with 120 life-changing roof rain water harvesting systems which cost £280 each.
Can you help?
WaterHarvest results in reality! In a video sent to us by our partner PKS, we can see these amazing results from our earlier pilot project in Charasada – where, thanks to your support, families can use a Roof Rain Water Harvesting System to collect the water they need at home.
As part of our Monsoon Promise Appeal, we know that these results mean that families have access to safer drinking water and hope for a brighter future.